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The 21 Most Memorable Moments from Disney Films

There’s something magical about Disney movies and it isn’t always the happy ending. Disney first started releasing movies in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and they’ve created a franchise of Disney princesses since.

However, Disney doesn’t just focus on your typical princess fairytale anymore, and there are many moments in a Disney film that both children and adults can find memorable. Sometimes it’s a cute moment between a girl who falls through the rabbit hole, and sometimes it’s an old man finding a scrapbook that his wife has left him.

Whatever the impression Disney films leave on you, there is no question that they will make you laugh and cry. Here are twenty-one of the most memorable scenes from animated and live action Disney films.

1. Miguel Sings to Coco

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Miguel promises Victor that he won’t let Coco forget him. When he returns he has the story behind the real author of “Remember Me” and has a touching moment with his grandmother.

2. The Mad Hatter Tea Party  

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Alice in Wonderland is a trippy little film that takes a young girl into a magical world. One of the most iconic and memorable scenes is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Sitting at the table with the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alice finds stacks of teacups and treats and is introduced to the idea of a Un-Birthday.

3. Bing Bong Saves Joy and Sadness 

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Inside Out does a great job of playing with the intricacies of human memory, but nothing is sadder than watching Bing Bong fall into a chasm never to be heard from again. Riley’s bubbly imaginary friend sacrifices himself that Joy can get to control and the moments before he fades from view are some of the saddest we remember.

4. “I Put a Spell on You”

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How can you put Bette Middler in a movie about witches and not have her enchant a Halloween Party with a song? When Winifred Sanderson breaks out into a witch-y rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” in Hocus Pocus it seems like the only appropriate reaction would be for the party-goers to think that it was an act. The scene is a good romp and spectacle.

5. Moana Faces Te Ka 

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Like most Disney films, Moana will make you laugh and cry, but nothing is more touching than the moment that she realizes Te Ka and Ne Fiti are one and the same. When she asks the sea to part so she can restore the heart it’s a beautiful moment with soft singing as she places her head against Te Ka’s. In this moment, Moana shows us that sometimes you have to face your fears in order to get to your goals.

6. Have Courage and Be Kind

  

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The live-action Cinderella added a scene where Ella’s mother told her to have courage and be kind. The touching scene fills a void not often seen in retellings of fairytales and lets the audience start off the movie a little teary-eyed.

7. Mia Thermopolis Finds Out She’s a Princess  

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Who can forget the moment that Mia Thermopolis sat across from her grandmother and was told she was the Princess of Genovea? The only thing more iconic than Anne Hathaway’s, “Shut up!” is Julie Andrews’s choking on her tea afterwards.

8. Nemo Escapes

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Getting Nemo home is an effort on all sides. The scene in Finding Nemo where the tank crew attempt to save him from Darla, aided by the fortunate timing of his dad is a scene that is both comedic and iconic.

9. Mulan Saves China 

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Mulan is a movie all about a girl who subverts expectation and then demolishes them when she saves her country. The final battle scene is a well-executed, earned ending with a bit of the humor that Mulan had at the beginning of her story and a clear mission. Her chant of “Get off the roof! Get off the roof!” as she runs from the oncoming explosion is a particularly nice touch.

10. Merida Shoots for Her Own Hand 

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Until Merida, most Disney and Pixar princesses had a prince. Brave’s Merida was the first Disney princess to defy expectation and fight for her freedom. The moment when she marches into the archery competition and declares she’ll shoot for her own hand is one that we’ll always remember.

11. Feed the Birds  

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Mary Poppins’s song about a woman who sells crumbs to feed the birds sounds like a nice lullaby for the Banks children until the children see her the next day. Rather than open a bank account, they decide they’d rather feed the birds. Soon the lullaby turns into a lesson on banking. The result of these scenes is a bank run.

12. Roger Saves Lucky

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The scene is so quiet while Pongo and Purdy’s puppies are born in 101 Dalmatians. Pongo is waiting by the door expectedly for news. Nanny comes in and out for a towel. The clock is ticking. The thunder is crashing. Roger is sitting in the corner smoking his pipe.

There’s a moment of jubilation as Nanny rushes out to announce the arrival of the puppies. Eight. Ten. Eleven. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Then the joy falls when Nanny presents Roger with one puppy that didn’t make it. Roger resuscitates the puppy, and as it crawls out from the blanket and shouts, “We still have fifteen!”

13. Quasimodo Claims Sanctuary  

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There’s the kind of sanitizing Disney does to Grimm’s fairytales and then there’s trying to clean up Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The climactic scene in which Quasimodo breaks out of his chains and rescues Esmeralda from the fire, and scales the cathedral is an epic spectacle.

14. Wall-E Cares for Eve After Finding the Plant

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Wall-E was alone on Earth before he met Eve, and when Eve shut down after finding a plant he wasn’t sure what to do. The montage of Wall-E pushing the floating Eve around is a sweet montage of the last two beings on Earth that is both funny and heart-breaking at the same time.

15. Carl Finds Ellie’s Adventure Book

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Up starts with Carl and Ellie’s story, and it’s only fair that their love boosts him into the climax of the show. Carl finds the Adventure Book and places the image of Paradise Falls with the house on the cliff in the front. Then flips through to find that Ellie has filled it with photos from their life together. On the last page, she writes “Thanks for the Adventure. Now go have a new one.”

16. Remember Who You Are

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The Lion King is a classic Disney tale, but the moment Rafiki lets Simba speak to Mufasa’s spirit is heartbreaking. The idea of Mufasa living within Simba is a touching one, and the words used are so gentle.

17. Woodland Creatures Help Snow White Clean the House 

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There are so many problematic themes in Snow White, but the one scene that always sticks out from this film is how the woodland creatures help her clean the house. This magical moment enchants younger audiences and leaves younger audiences wondering why, no matter how they sing, they can’t summon woodland creatures to help them clean the house.

18. True Love Melts Anna’s Frozen Heart  

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At the center of Frozen is Elsa and Anna’s sisterhood, and it’s no surprise that it’s key to the end of the story. Anna stepping in front of Klaus and saving Elsa is a very moving act that in turn thaws her frozen heart, and gives Elsa an idea for how she can end Arendale’s winter.

19. Bella Note Spaghetti Dinner

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Lady and the Tramp’s Tony is such a dog person! Sitting the dogs at the table and ordering spaghetti and meatballs for them, then serenading them as they eat is so heartfelt. Plus, the silent dinner interaction between the two dogs is a lot of fun to watch.

20. Giselle Arrives in New York City

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Enchanted gave us a gift, Amy Adams as a singing princess in a big white dress running through busy New York City streets. If you ever wondered how a Disney princess would react to the real work, Giselle’s amazement and confusion as she climbs out of a manhole cover in a puffy white wedding dress will answer that question.

21. You Can Fly

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What child doesn’t want to fly? The scene where Peter Pan teaches the Darling children to fly is a memorable Disney moment because of how uplifting it is. The idea that all a person needs to fly is a happy thought is so magical that you can’t help but smile.

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21 Fab Facts About Queer Eye’s Fab 5, Yass Queen! 

One of the biggest success stories in the world of entertainment for 2018 is the relaunch of the “Queer Eye.” The iconic reality show features five gay men giving life and style advice to individuals who might have forgotten to pamper themselves. Instead of focusing only on straight male contestants like the 2000s iteration, Netflix’s “Queer Eye” has had gay men, transgender men and women among its participants.

The shows stars Antoni Porowski (food and wine expert), Tan France (fashion expert), Karamo Brown (culture expert), Bobby Berk (design expert) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming expert) quickly became social media celebrities and pop culture icons. Their candor and genuine care for the participants translated into a worldwide audience. The casting crew have also been more inclusive than the original show. A black man and a Pakistani are the two people in color in the team, but participants have included all sorts of ethnicities, including a cute Mexican dadbod dude.

Here’s 21 amazing facts about our fave TV quintet.

1. Karamo Brown has Caribbean blood: viva Cuba!

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Brown is one of our favorites. His casting upped the inclusivity quota of the show by 100 percent. He is proud of his heritage: his parents are Jamaican, but his father is actually half Cuban.

2. Brown also founded 6in10.org, an NGO that supports the fight against HIV stigma in the black LGBT community

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Brown puts his actions where his words are. He not only provides advice and compassion to the participants in the show, he extends that to his personal life and his advocacy efforts. Good on him! With so much on we wonder how Karamo doesn’t struggs to func!

3. Brown is engaged to Ian Jordan, a TV producer

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And by the looks of it they are good friends with Ultra Latina Queen Jennifer Lopez herself! Dream BFFs! Basically the guests one would have in a dream dinner party. Shamazing!

4. Talking about hubbies, Tan France is married to illustrator Rob France

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Who drew this amazing illustration of TanGorge!

5. France did a cameo in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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Tan France played Fett Regoso, a fashionista inspired by real-life mogul Calvin Klein. French tucks are world famous now thanks to Tan!

6. France had to overcome a discriminatory culture

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Tan grew up in a Pakistani family in the United Kingdom. Homosexuality was frowned upon in his cultural environment, which makes it even more impressive how he stands up for who he is.

7. Antoni Porowski grew up trilingual

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He was born in Montreal from Polish parents, so he grew up speaking English, Polish and Quebec French. Very impressive. He is the whole package it seems (even though his cooking skills are a bit limited, tbh).

8. Porowski walked the Pride March with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Antoni has become one of the most visible queer figures in Canada. Here you can see him with awesome PM Justin Trudeau, who is famous for being one of the most inclusive statesmen today. You gotta keep on serving you realness!

9. And he is a psychologist!

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Yes, he finished a degree in psychology at the prestigious Concordia University in his native Montreal. We could echar el chal with him anytime!

10. Interior designer Bobby Berk has un chingo of interior beauty

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Berk had to fight his religious upbringing to come out and be true to himself. He knows what it is like to suffer and so he supports those in need and supports issues such as immigrant rights.

11. Berk left home at just 15 and really struggled

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He slept on cars, worked as many shifts as he could and was homeless. He could not bear to remain caged in conservatism and fought for his true self.

12. Jonathan Van Ness was the first male cheerleader in his high school

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He is slim, he is fast, he is flexible, he is fabulous! Zhuzh it up, gorg prince!

13. Van Ness was nominated for an Emmy…

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For his satire show “Gay of Thrones,” a recap show for the epic HBO extravaganza “Game of Thrones.” In this show, JVN would be hilarious in dissecting the intrigues of Westeros. Yass!

14. You can listen to JVN on his podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.”

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It is funny, quirky and provides some serious life and beaut advice. A escucharlo, chiquitines! 

15. Tom Jackson, the dude from “You Can’t Fix Ugly,” got married!

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Yes, the adorable older gentleman from the Season 1 Episode 1 eloped and got married to the love of his life, Abby! AW, QUE ROMANTICO!

16. “AJ” Brown embraced his gay and got engaged!

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“To Gay or not Too Gay” was one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming episodes of Season 1. In it, DJ, a lovely black gay man, struggled to come out of the closet to his family and friends. The Fab 5 were key in this transformative event. So much, that now he is engaged to his boyfriend Andre.

17. The show inspired the awesome “queer eye out of context” Twitter account. Do yourself a favor and follow it like, yesterday

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This account has almost 100,000 followers and posts screen grabs from the show. Hilarity ensues as the captions make for some amazing comedy. Follow it on @queereyecontext

18. Nailed it, queen! You can’t miss this crossover!

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Besides “Queer Eye,” Netflix launched another cult reality show in 2018, “Nailed It!,” where contestants make fools of themselves recreating elaborate baked goods without previous experience in the dark arts of desert-making. There is one crossover episode that you just can’t miss! Does Antoni really know how to cook?

19. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

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The Fab Five go well beyond their duty and sometimes keep in touch with contestants. After all, they have a huge responsibility for changing these people’s lives! Bobby has remained a close friend with Skyler Jay, the trans man from Season 2. Perhaps their struggles to be themselves were similar and they find solace in each other’s experiences.

20. Porowski is working in two movies with James Franco. Dreamboats!

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Porowski has the looks of a matinee idol and no one can deny it. He has caught the eye of Hollywood power players, including James Franco, a queer icon in his own right. You will be able to see them side by side in “Blood Surf,” a horror flick that will be released in 2019. They will also appear together in “The Pretenders.” 

21. JVN, France and Porowski are BFFs with Justin Theroux

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That’s right, the actor, director and Jennifer Aniston’s ex is mates with three of the Fab Five. And we can see why: they are all as cool as F. We can only dream how fun and enlightening hanging out with these four would be!